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  1. A. Deodhar1,
  2. R. Ranza2,
  3. F. Ganz3,
  4. T. Gao4,
  5. J. Anderson4,
  6. A. Ostor5
  1. 1Oregon Health & Science University, Rheumatology, Portland, United States of America
  2. 2Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Rheumatology, Uberlândia, Brazil
  3. 3AbbVie Inc., Rheumatology, Baar, Switzerland
  4. 4AbbVie Inc., Rheumatology, North Chicago, United States of America
  5. 5Cabrini Hospital, Monash University & Emeritus Research, Melbourne, Australia


Background: Patients (pts) with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and axial involvment exhibit greater disease activity and quality of life impairments compared with those without axial involvment.

Objectives: To characterize PsA pts with and without axial involvement and compare efficacy of UPA vs placebo (PBO) in PsA pts with axial involvement.

Methods: In SELECT-PsA 1 (NCT03104400; N=1705, non-biologic DMARD IR) and SELECT-PsA 2 (NCT03104374; N=642, biologic DMARD IR), pts with active PsA (≥3 swollen and ≥3 tender joints), active or historical psoriasis, and on ≤2 non-biologic DMARDs were randomized to once daily UPA 15 mg, UPA 30 mg, adalimumab 40 mg every other week (SELECT-PsA 1 only), or PBO. Efficacy was assessed in pts with axial involvement (diagnosed by investigators based on totality of information) pooled from the 2 studies. Assessments included change from BL in BASDAI, BASDAI Q2 (neck/back/hip pain) and Q3 (joint swelling/pain), and the AS Disease Activity Score (ASDAS-CRP), and percentage with BASDAI 50 response, ASDAS inactive disease (ID), ASDAS low disease activity (LDA), ASDAS major improvement (MI), and ASDAS clinically important improvement (CII). Uveitis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) adverse events were reviewed. Data on 24-week PBO-controlled period are presented.

Results: Prevalence of axial involvment was 31.3% in SELECT-PsA 1 and 34.2% in SELECT-PsA 2 (Table). Treatment with UPA 15 mg and 30 mg resulted in significantly greater improvements from BL in the BASDAI, BASDAI Q2 (neck/back/hip pain) and Q3 (joint swelling/pain) and ASDAS-CRP at weeks 12 and 24 vs PBO (Figure). Similarly, significantly higher percentages of pts on UPA 15 mg and 30 mg achieved BASDAI 50, ASDAS ID, LDA, MI, and CII at weeks 12 and 24 vs PBO (Figure). One pt on UPA 30 mg had incident uveitis, and no IBD was reported on UPA.

Table 1.

Demographics and Baseline Characteristics

Conclusion: PsA pts with axial involvement had higher BL disease burden compared with those without axial involvement. UPA was efficacious in treating axial symptoms in pts with psoriatic spondylits.

References: [1]van der Heijde D, et al. Lancet. 2019;394(10214):2108-2117.

Acknowledgements: Abbvie funded the study. AbbVie participated in study design, research, analysis, data collection, interpretation of the data, reviewing, and approval. All authors had access to the relevant data and participated in the drafting, review, and approval of the abstract. No honoraria or payments were made for authorship. Medical writing support was provided by M Mehta, and J Matsuura of ICON plc (North Wales, PA) and was funded by AbbVie.

Disclosure of Interests: Atul Deodhar Speakers bureau: Novartis and Pfizer, Consultant of: Novartis, Pfizer, AbbVie, Eli Lilly, UCB Pharma, GlaxoSmithKline, Galapagos, Janssen, Boehringer Ingelheim and Celgene, Grant/research support from: Novartis, Pfizer, AbbVie, Eli Lilly, UCB Pharma, GlaxoSmithKline, R Ranza Speakers bureau: AbbVie, Janssen, Lilly, Novartis, and Pfizer, Consultant of: AbbVie, Janssen, Lilly, Novartis, and Pfizer, Grant/research support from: AbbVie, Janssen, Fabiana Ganz Shareholder of: AbbVie, Employee of: AbbVie, Tianming Gao Shareholder of: AbbVie, Employee of: AbbVie, Jaclyn Anderson Shareholder of: AbbVie, Employee of: AbbVie, Andrew Ostor Consultant of: AbbVie, BMS, Roche, Janssen, Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer, UCB, Gilead, and Paradigm

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